Home Health Agencies Threatened as Wages Rise, Reimbursements Lag
Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 12:08 PM
Many states are increasing their minimum wage, it makes it harder for home-based to stay competitive to attract and keep workers.
“In home health care, agencies’ success often depends on Medicaid reimbursement, which is not keeping up with wage inflation in some states. And in private-pay home care, increased competition for workers is putting pressure on wages that is sometimes not sustainable, forcing providers to consider other options for attracting and retaining workers.”
The rising minimum will be a problem for home health agencies in states that don’t pair minimum wage legislation with a Medicaid reimbursement increase.
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